From my new printed pamphlet: "The pleasure is a singular suffering. Like a fine perfume, it blends a variety of notes into an evocative medley whose torment is greater than the sum of its parts."
When the Bridegroom Comes radio mix
An hour-long mix of West Coast Jesus Movement music I made for Aquarium Drunkard.
Out Come the Freaks
Probably the first heathen listeners to cotton on to Jesus music were the psych collectors, who recognized that some Jesus music was not only heavily distorted but kicked much lysergic ass.
The Psychedelic Book of the Dead
In this talk, given at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in February, I tell the story of Tim Leary's influential appropriation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
A catalog essay on the contemporary reframing of animism, from an art show devoted to rare earth elements.
Is Yoga a Religion?
The Encinitas controversies
Mormons are Cool
Why you should not fear the LDS Church.
Amma's Cosmic Squeeze
My encounter with India's hugging saint.
In which the author submits to the pleasures of a transgender spirit possession festival in Burma.
Tongues of Fire, Whirlwinds of Noise
Information metaphysics in the Western religious tradition.
Solar Temple Pilots
A look at the inner workings of Luc Jouret's apocalyptic esoteric cult, which came to a suicidal end in Switzerland in 1994.
A Bookforum review of Slavog Zizek's The Puppet and the Dwarf, which turns Christianity upside down.
The Wandering Sufi
An interview with and essay on Peter Lamborn Wilson, the mystic nomad and renegade historian of spiritual heresy.
The introduction to "Chaos Spirituality," an issue of Fringeware Review co-edited by Erik Davis and Spiros Antonopoulos. "Chaos stirs."
Snakes & Ladders
An exploration on the spiritual tension between immanence and transcendence--the snakes and ladders of the soul.